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Bakkie maker says YES again to youth employment

Home Manufacturing & Processing Automotive Bakkie maker says YES again to youth employment

ISUZU Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has this week welcomed the next group of Youth Employment Service (YES) candidates.

The YES programme, which was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018 with the aim of giving young South Africans paid work experience, has offered many young individuals the opportunity to increase their employability.

IMSAf Senior Manager of Training and Organisational Development Wayne Osborne said the company had this year placed 42 candidates in various departments across the company and its subsidiaries.

He added that despite challenging conditions and COVID-19 restrictions, last year’s group performed very well. “About 10% of last year’s candidates were successful in their respective external job applications while Isuzu will retain about 21% of them, primarily in our production operations.

“This year we have once again recruited talented individuals, several of them with a tertiary qualification, but with no work experience. And again, we partnered with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in terms of recruitment and job readiness training.”

Osborne said Isuzu had also involved ENGELI Enterprise Development in the skilling of the candidates prior to them starting at the company.  “We believe that this programme provides an opportunity to gain skills, learn workplace discipline and to grow and develop on a personal level.”

According to Stats SA in 2020, the youth unemployment rate in South Africa stood at 55.75%. Young people aged between 15 and 24 are the most vulnerable in local labour market.

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